New site launched

To coincide with my new life as a freelance information designer I have launched my new site

I will publish all updates on that from now on, so please go over and have a look and I hope to see many more followers on that one

Many thanks



A new start

After 24 years and around 6000 graphics (I haven’t counted them all) I can announce that today was my last day as graphics editor of New Scientist.


From the first hand drawn graphics, produced using CS10 paper and Rotring pens through to the graphics of today for the magazine and visualisations for the web site and app, I have a had a fantastic time working alongside a dedicated and enthusiastic staff.

I’ve learnt so much and still so much more to learn, and so have decided to set up on my own.

I hope to be able to bring my experience and expertise to the scientific and business world, where there is still much to do.

I would like to thank everybody I have worked with at New Scientist over the years and wish them all the success for the future.

Watch this space for more…

Paper and graphic accepted for publication

Had some good news this week. Have just heard that a paper I have been working on, with Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury over the past few months entitled ‘The nutrient economy of Lodoicea maldivica– the plant that produces the world’s largest seed, has been accepted for publication by New Phytologist journal.

The initial brief was to produce one graphic to cover all of the data produced in an interesting and accessible way. In the end, and after many redraws and sketches, we decided to break up the graphic into the more illustrative part showing water retention and soil uptake and keep the more data-driven graphics separate but still easily read, telling the story as you read through the whole graphic.

A couple of the working drawings…

data CdM sketch

and the final version


Thanks to all involved in this project